Roscommon Castle A Visitor's Guide by Margaret Murphy & Kieran O'Conor
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Roscommon Castle was originally built by the Dublin government in the last thirteenth century as a royal fortress, and is regarded today as one of the finest Anglo-Norman castles sill standing in Ireland. Like most castles, it continued to be occupied down to the seventeenth century. It was captured by the local Irish in the fourteenth century and it functioned as an O'Conor fortress for almost two hundred years. The castle was rebuilt in Renaissance style in the late sixteenth century by an English administrator called Sir Nicholas Malby and was turned by him into one of the largest fortified house of its day.
This guide is divided into six sections to help chart the history and architectural development of the castle over the four hundred years of its occupation.